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MOM Rail Line

Route 9 is now at gridlock most of the day. Commuters, residents, commercial and even emergency vehicles can’t get through.

And the blame lies squarely with the GOP Christie/Guadagno regime, and with GOP elected representatives like Senator Bob Singer.

The Republicans in Trenton has done nothing to curb the rampant sprawl that causes traffic congestion, and resulting pollution, and the loss of life-giving open space. Sprawl perpetrated by the GOP’s greedy developer campaign donors and corrupt allies on Howell and Lakewood councils, and on the Monmouth and Ocean counties’ boards of chosen Freeholders. Sprawl that costs taxpayers more money, when impacts like on transportation and the environment are factored in, that it reaps in revenues.

What’s worse, the GOP has sat for over 8 years on plans for Route 9 mess: a new NJ Transit commuter rail line that would use existing railroad tracks to link Manchester, Lakewood, and Howell to Newark Liberty Airport, downtown Newark, North Jersey via Secaucus Junction, and New York Penn Station. Known as Monmouth-Ocean-Middlesex (MOM) it could also serve Freehold, New Brunswick (Rutgers), and Metropark, and provide fast connections to Princeton and Trenton, depending on the route.

MOM would use dual-powered locomotives that operate on diesel power, then on electric power to reach New York Penn Station. MOM does not have to wait until if and when the new tunnels to Penn Station—long delayed thanks to Christie/Guadagno and the GOP Assembly and Senate—including Bob Singer. MOM trains can terminate at Newark or Hoboken.

Here are links to the MOM map and project.

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As your Senator I will make it a priority to seek:

--A re-fresh study of MOM, including alternatives like bus rapid transit (BRT) in dedicated lanes to key NJ Transit stations, like Metropark or Woodbridge.

--Smart, green, traffic-minimizing development at stations and connecting bus links, like to the Jersey Shore.

--A minimized taxpayer footprint for MOM, such as with the use of public private partnerships, and profitable development rights at stations.

--Interim and expanded connecting limited stop NJ Transit bus service, such as to Matawan-Aberdeen station, and cross-county to Princeton Jct and Princeton

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